Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Aunt charged with neglect after 4 children left in car in mall parking lot

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A Camden woman is facing neglect charges after she left four children unattended in a locked vehicle in a mall parking lot, police say.

Police said officers found the children -- ages 9, 8, 3 and 1 -- alone in a locked vehicle in the parking lot of the Cherry Hill Mall on Friday afternoon.

The temperature was in the mid-70s at the time and the children were in good condition, police said. The car's windows were down.

Police say the children's aunt, 33-year-old Vianey Derio-Vega, brought them to the mall but left them inside while she shopped.

Mall security located the woman inside; she was taken into custody and charged with neglect.

Derio-Vega was released pending an Aug. 27 court hearing.

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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